“We Are Not Alone (Lessons From 2014)” by Mary Gauthier

  1. There is no such thing as an ordinary life.
  2. Songs are more than songs–they are the great human connectors of our time.
  3. Songs transcend all manner of boundaries. They speak a universal language.
  4. Songs heal. They are pieces of the soul reaching through eternity, to heal the heart.
  5. Resonance is my/our deepest desire.
  6. An emotionally-true song resonates to the core, to the central, innermost, or most essential part of us.
  7. Emotional truth is not about the facts. It is about being genuine, authentic, and vulnerable.
  8. At our center, we are the same. Songs are conduits for compassion and empathy, a road map into a stranger’s heart, which upon inspection – mirrors our own heart.
  9. A three-and-a-half minute song can temporarily bring us us to a place that does not yet exist here on earth, a place where we are safe, connected, and of one heart.
  10. At their best, songs breathe life into a precious idea: that we are not alone, that other people have felt and feel the way we do, and that all of humanity is made of the same mysterious, electrical, spirit infused stardust. And songs are the people’s instrument of choice- to express the wonder of it all.

~ Mary Gauthier, singer-songwriter, via her on-line journal at MaryGauthier.com


“No one wants to admit we’re addicted to music…”

“No one wants to admit we’re addicted to music. That’s just not possible. No one’s addicted to music and television and radio. We just need more of it, more channels, a larger screen, more volume. We can’t bear to be without it, but no, nobody’s addicted. We could turn it off anytime we wanted.”

Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk

“Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can’t I?

“Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy, Live at Blues Alley


for my Aunt K.